Archive for the Youth Category

One Vision One Voice Practice Framework Set to Launch at September 29 Symposium

On September 29th, the One Vision One Voice project will launch the Practice Framework, comprised of Part I, the Research Report, and Part II, the Race EquityPractices, at a one-day Symposium at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel. Over the last year, One Vision One Voice has consulted with […]

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Go Purple on Wednesday, October 19

On October 3, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. You can buy a provincial CAPM t-shirt. The goal of the campaign is to […]

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Your Story, Your Success: Ending the stigma for youth in care

“It’s up to you to decide what you want your life to be; we’re here to support your success.” Those were the words that greeted the 200-plus attendees at this year’s YouthCAN conference, the 10th annual conference for youth in care in Ontario. Henry Morales, a program […]

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Taking Indigenous Kids Home: Photo highlights from this summer’s OACAS Youth in Care Gathering

This summer, Indigenous youth in care from across the province traveled to Bark Lake Leadership Centre near Irondale, Ontario for three days of cultural workshops and activities focused on building community. Watch some the highlights of this dynamic gathering. “This Gathering is a great way for Indigenous youth […]

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How Children’s Aid uses a simple circle to help resolve parent–child conflicts

Penny Anderson, a Family Support Worker at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, describes how Circle of Security makes lasting improvements in parent–child relationships. The primary goal of Children’s Aid is to keep struggling families together more safely. How does Circle of Security support […]

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Going Places: Meet 10 former youth in care who are Clark Bursary recipients

For the past 27 years, OACAS and YouthCAN have hosted a glamorous evening where former youth in care each receive a Clark Bursary, a highly coveted award that provides funding of $3,500 a year for up to 4 years towards their postsecondary education. The bursaries are the […]

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Adopted youth now eligible for aftercare benefits

OACAS is pleased to announce that adopted youth are now eligible for the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI). The ABI program, which provides health, dental, counselling, and life skills support services to former youth in care aged 21 to 25, was launched 2 years ago. Last year, the […]

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Human trafficking represents a growing form of child abuse in Ontario

Nancy French of York Region Children’s Aid Society discusses how pimps lure youth in care into the sex trade with promises of a better life and what child welfare and the police are doing to stop it. How did you first learn that human trafficking is an […]

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Youth in care talk politics and explore Queen’s Park for Youth Civics Day

Over 150 youth in care from across Ontario gathered at Queen’s Park on May 10, 2016, for a day of education, networking, and fun as part of the fourth annual Youth Civics Day hosted by OACAS’ YouthCAN team. Watch this 2-minute video now to see highlights of their […]

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Changemakers Series No. 2: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Gabriella, whose life was changed by an Indigenous child welfare worker. She hopes to make a similar difference in the lives of other youth in care. Changemaker My name is Gabriella. Where Oshawa The biggest challenge I have faced My grandmother died, and my mother went […]

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